Seeking instructors for Citizen Science - Bard College's core course in scientific literacy


Citizen Science, Bard College’s core course in scientific literacy, is seeking instructors for January 2018.

Citizen Science is a 3-week January term course required of all first-year students at Bard. It is designed to introduce students to scientific thinking through active learning in laboratory investigations, computer modeling, and classroom discussions; it focuses on the creation, analysis, and interpretation of scientific evidence.

The course is taught in small sections (<24 students), and each instructor has the opportunity to shape their own syllabus around the theme of infectious disease and the core Citizen Science learning outcomes. Each year, the instructors form a vibrant learning community through summer training, while preparing their course, and during the intensive January term.

Bard is a private liberal arts college with approximately 2,000 students, located in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Additional information about the Citizen Science program can be found on their website:

There is mandatory training for all hired faculty on the Bard campus July 23- 29, 2017. The Citizen Science program dates for the 2017-18 academic year are Sunday, January 7th – Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 (faculty arrive on Friday January 5th). Travel, food and dormitory housing will be provided for both the July and January sessions, and faculty will receive a stipend payable at the end of the January session.


Successful candidates will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in the sciences and be willing to engage students of all disciplines in a common educational experience. No specific biology training is required. Prior teaching experience is not a requirement, although candidates with evidence of training in or experience with the application of best practices in undergraduate STEM education will be given special consideration.

Application Instructions

Apply here via Interfolio.

Interviewing will start with applications received by Monday, May 1, 2017, but they will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled, so if you’re interested, you still have time to apply!


To learn more about this position from a former Citizen Science faculty member, you can contact Denise Pope (, CIRTL Teaching-as-Research program coordinator.